Board of Directors

Matthew 25 is governed by a Board of volunteer Directors who meet on a monthly basis and are responsible for approving a budget, overseeing construction and management, approving property acquisitions, hiring the Worcester Area Director, contributing to fundraising campaigns, choosing property management consultants and overseeing the relationship, and voting on any managerial or policy issues that arise.

Each Board member has ties to the Worcester or Boston community.  For more information on Matthew 25’s Board of Directors, please see the Board biographies below.

David Guarino, Chairman

David Guarino is an attorney with Fletcher Tilton, PC, in Worcester, Massachusetts, and holds degrees from Boston College, the University of San Diego School of Law and Suffolk University.  Mr. Guarino serves on the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of Central New England, Inc., as Past-Chair of the Town of Carlisle’s Finance Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Tax, Trusts and Estates Section of the Worcester County Bar.

Barbara Trayers Athy, Treasurer

Originally from the Boston area, Barbara Trayers Athy graduated from Boston College and has lived in Worcester, Massachusetts, for many years.  Mrs. Athy has been office manager at a family business, the Athy Memorial Home in Worcester, and has previously served as Director of Communications and Marketing at Abby’s House, a local non-profit agency that provides emergency shelter for women and children and long-term affordable housing and support services.  Mrs. Athy has volunteered with a number of community organizations including Blessed Sacrament Parish, the Junior League of Worcester, and local public and private schools.  Mrs. Athy has held Board positions with Friendly House, the Junior League of Worcester and Abby’s House, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Matthew 25 since 2008.

“The Worcester community has an outstanding history of support for organizations dedicated to improving the lives of those in need.  Matthew 25 has been recognized for its record of bringing together volunteers and the financial support of individuals and foundations.  I am proud to be affiliated with the important work done by Matthew 25 as it provides high quality, affordable housing to low income families while also helping transform and stabilize neighborhoods in Worcester and Boston.”  -Barbara Trayers Athy

Deborah Wernholm-Duffy, Clerk

Deborah Wenholm-Duffy, a lifelong resident of Holden, Massachusetts, graduated from Wachusett Regional High School (Holden, Massachusetts) and Assumption College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics.  Ms. Wernholm-Duffy currently serves on the Ministry Support Team for Worcester Fellowship, an outdoor church for the poor and homeless of Worcester, and has served on the Board of Directors of Matthew 25 since 2009.

Rev. Fred M. Enman, S.J.

Rev. Fred M. Enman, S.J., co-founded Matthew 25 in 1988.  He entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1978 and was ordained a Catholic priest.  Fr. Fred holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Boston College, Boston College Law School, the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and Oxford University.  Fr. Fred serves as Executive Director of Matthew 25.  For his work with Matthew 25, Fr. Fred has received the Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice and the John W. Spillane Award for Distinguished Christian Leadership.

Mark A. Henderson

Born in Worcester and currently residing in Holden, Massachusetts, Mark A. Henderson is Online Director at the Telegram & Gazette, Worcester.  Mr. Henderson is a graduate of Wachusett Regional High School (Holden, Massachusetts) and Assumption College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics.  Mr. Henderson has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Matthew 25 since 2009.

“I was introduced to Matthew 25 in early 2010.  It did not take long for me to become enamored of the organization and its mission.  The level of everyone’s commitment and the direct impact the organization has on the lives of volunteers and tenants makes me proud to be involved with Matthew 25.  Seeing Matthew 25 grow while maintaining its sense of mission is what makes this such a wonderful endeavor and I very much look forward to the organization’s continued success.”  -Mark A. Henderson

John P. Lauring

John P. Lauring is President of Lauring Construction Co., Inc., and serves on the Boards of Directors of Venerini Academy, Southgate of Shrewsbury, Worcester Credit Union and Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, where he also previously served as Chairman.  Mr. Lauring is President of Worcester General Building Contractors Association.  A lifelong resident of Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Lauring graduated from St. John’s High School (Shrewsbury, Massachusetts).  He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University in 1976 and a Juris Doctor from Western New England College of Law in 1984.

“Matthew 25 is unique in its grass roots approach in providing affordable housing in Worcester.  Working with many local partners, the organization has amazed me in what it has accomplished.”  -John P. Lauring

Matthew Wally

Matthew Wally graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1997 and received a Masters Degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University in 2006.  Mr. Wally is currently employed by TD Bank as Community Development Manager and has served as a volunteer for Matthew 25 since 1994.

Margaret Doris, MDiv

Margaret Doris, MDiv, is a writer.  Ms. Doris graduated from Kirkland College and Boston University School of Theology and currently serves as President of The Playground Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating accessible recreational opportunities for children and adults.  Ms. Doris is also a Board Member of The Newton Conservators and a member of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, where she was previously a member of the Commission on Communication.  Ms. Doris formerly served as a member of the Hamilton College Advisory Council, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, and volunteered as a Girl Scout leader.  Ms. Doris has been a member of the Board of Directors of Matthew 25 since 1996.

Terrence Butt

Terrence Butt is currently an Associate Athletic Director and Head Boys’ Varsity Hockey Coach at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.   Mr. Butt graduated from Buckingham Browne & Nichols School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Business Administration from Clark University.  Mr. Butt has worked at Ernst & Young LLP, and received accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant.  Having first worked with Matthew 25 while at Holy Cross, Mr. Butt later served as the Worcester Area Director for six years.